Los Angeles Free Friday

Jul 23, 2010 by Lisa Newton

Let’s see. Free and fun.

Now that’s a combination most people can get behind, and Los Angeles has tons of freebies to be taken full advantage of. Many naysayers, equate the word with cheap–and in Travelin’ Local’s Free Friday series, nothing could be further from the truth. It usually means getting involved with our local community, meet up with friendly people doing things for the city which are needed, and having a great time meeting like minded neighbors while doing good and doing well at the same time.

Every week, when I research all of the free event possibilities, I’m never surprised at the variety of offerings:

On Saturday July 24th, the Walk and Ride for a Safer 4th Street, will highlight the efforts and support for making 4th street a bicycle friendly boulevard. For the bike ride, meet at 9:45am, and subsequently you’ll depart at 10am from Pan Pacific Park, in front of the auditorium. For the walk, meet at 10:15am, and depart at 10:30am from 4th and Normandie. Both events end at Shatto Park. And because you just tuckered yourself out from all the activity, there’s free refreshments sponsored by the Larchmont Bungalow at Shatto Park.

If you’re in the mood for a little window shopping or better yet, buying, head over the Los Angeles Historical State Park for the 2nd Annual Renegade Craft Fair. With over 250 of indie-craft artists from all over the country, you won’t find a better place to attend free workshops, food trucks, and music from KXLU. Happening both Saturday, July 24th and Sunday, July 25th, from 11:00am-7:00pm, 2nd Annual Renegade Craft Fair is the place to start your early Christmas shopping.

On Saturday, July 24th and Sunday, July 25th, the 15th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival pays tribute to the rich culture and heritage of the “Avenue,” as it was known during its heyday from the 1920s to the 1940s. In addition to enjoying some world-class jazz, Latin jazz, and blues, come partake in some great food and browse through stalls of arts and crafts. The festival will take place on Central Avenue between 42nd and 43rd Street and the music starts at 12:00pm.

Are you into art? Then the Malibu Arts Festival is the place to be on Saturday, July 24th and Sunday, July 25th outside the Malibu Civic Center, 23555 Civic Center Way, from 10:00am to 6:00pm. With over 200 exhibits and artists booths from all over California, this family friendly event also features a Kid’s Village, where kids create their own art. Come early for the pancake breakfast, and don’t forget about the day long music featuring local artists.

If hiking is your thing, try these two organized hikes in Franklin Canyon Ranch. On Saturday, July 24th, at 8:00am, Nature Rambles, is the ultimate discovery walk with Volunteer Naturalist, Bob, acting as the guide, based on his many years of experience hiking at Franklin Canyon. Magnifiers and binoculars ae recommended for this 2 hour hike. On Sunday, July 25th, at 8:00pm, you’re in for a treat–the Full Moon Adventure. For approximately 2 hours, you’re invited to look and listen fat for wildlife in the full moon light on this moderately strenuous hike with Volunteer Naturalist Michael.

Speaking of walking, on Sunday, July 25th,, a Memorial Walk to Honor Silver Lake’s Walking Man starts at 12:00pm. Marc Abrams aka Silver Lake’s Walking Man, passed away two days ago. For over 20 years, Abrams:

usually looped around the lake, walked down West Silverlake to Rowena, and then proceeded to Hyperion, and then Griffith Park Blvd. down to Sunset, and then back down Silverlake to the reservoir, and then he looped around the lake again. It’s about 15 miles altogether.

Meet at the Silver Lake/Moreno Metro bus stop located on West Silver Lake Drive at Moreno, and don’t forget to bring your New York Times.

If you haven’t had enough walking, hiking, and biking yet, here’s one more event you might enjoy: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the “Walk the Walk” community festival, on Sunday, July 25th, will offer fun and free activities for the entire family. From 11:00am – 6:00pm, throughout Hollywood, an “open house” will honor the Walk of Fame with entertainment, tours and events at four key locations – the Hollywood & Highland Center, the Egyptian Theatre, Capitol Records, and the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre – showcasing the five categories of Hollywood stars– live theatre, motion picture, television, recording, and radio, and the more than 2,400 stars immortalized on the walk. How cool is that?

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